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  1. @callamity made a topic on Rafa Benitez tactics in FM17: It would be interested to see his system implemented in FM19, especially with the new defensive shape instructions added to the game. I will try to give it a go.
  2. I am a Liverpool fan and Rafa admirer so I have been following this thread with high interest. Every year I try to integrate Rafa Benitez' tactical methods in the game. Defending with high intensity whilst remaining compact seems hard to replicate in this year's game. In my view, the team shape should be fluid, because it narrows the space between attackers and defenders, which is especially important in defence to remain compact. Also, the 5x5 philosophy fits Rafa Benitez, with 5 players given the freedom to attack, while the other 5 hold the fort. To replicate Benitez' tactics, I mainly experimented with a 4-2-3-1 formation with 2 players in CM position and 3 in AMC position. One position I struggle with in my 4-2-3-1 is the AMC. He often finds himself too close to the central midfielders, while essentially he should be part of the attack. Even when I give him an attack duty this is often the case. Any suggestions to overcome this? I hope I can give this thread some renewed activity with this post.
  3. Thank you for the insight bababooey. I have actually read the Tactical Theorems 10 appendix 3 years ago. I am now playing with Dnipro with my own made 4-2-3-1 and I'm doing fine. Instead of control I play counter now, it works much better.
  4. My bad. In Dutch language GK is DM so that's where the mistake comes from :-). It's edited now.
  5. Hi. I have been trying to create a typical Rafa Benitez 4-2-3-1 tactic for months now but I can't get it to work! I am not sure about a lot of things. For example the fluidity: rigid or fluid? Some think rigid because Benitez hammers on structure and shape of his team. Some think fluid because he wants his whole team to defend as a compact unit, with 6 players focusing more on defending, and 4 players focusing on attacking. This is what I have now as a basic template, playing with Napoli: DLF(S) W(A) SS(A) W(A) DLP(S) DM(D) FB(S) CD(D) CD(D) FB(S) GK(D) With Dries Mertens in my team, I have made the left winger an inside forward when he plays. Also I have played Hamsik both as a shadow striker and an advanced playmaker(A). When he plays playmaker, I change my striker to a CF(A) and my DLP(S) to DM(S) to keep it balanced. Mentality: Control Fuidity: Fluid Team instructions: -Pass into space? -Push higher up? -Higher tempo? -Stick to positions? -Hassle opponents? -Shorter passing? I have put a question mark after all instructions because I'm really not sure about what instructions to use. I have been watching Napoli play last weeks and I noticed that in defence their team looks more like a compact 4-4-2. How do I make my wingers to behave like they do in reality, tracking back to form a second bank of four? Is this possible with the use of a deep 4-2-3-1 formation? Anyone who can help me in recreating the Benitez style of football?
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